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Old 26 February 2008, 15:20   #11
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"sealed for life" and you must replace them ...! Why ?
They don't say they are waterproof, just sealed for life, so you can't take them apart

Think they are actually ordinary car wheel bearings which have a dust cover. Fine on a ford mondeo not so good on a boat trailer.

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Old 26 February 2008, 15:38   #12
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"sealed for life" means sealed for the life of the bearing not your life or your trailers life. It's a bunch of marketing BS. Convert to taper roller bearings which if properly maintained may exceed your life.
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Old 26 February 2008, 15:43   #13
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... just sealed for life, so you can't take them apart


.....Oh, No?

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Oh I knew that was coming

Having gotten the damn things out why would you want to take them apart and try to clean them up, just skip them and fit some new ones, better still just fit proper bearings that can be taken apart on the side of the M27 on a Sunday evening with a screw driver and a hammer. Then replaced, but you know that anyway.

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I dont know if RM use Avonride axles - but I have a cross reference for most bearing manufacturers with part numbers for both X and Y series ......
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You can get them from most bearing suppliers or from car spares/motor factors. If you have the old bearing part number google it and you may find a site that lists equivalents. These are a cheaper source than even TrailerTek or Western Towing whom I had used before. The nuts are definitely worth getting though..... also check that the bearings from a motor factor come with two circlips as some dont and you need them.
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You may need a press to actually get them out .... and use the old carrier to to push the new ones in. As others say, do not put pressure on the inner.

.... sealed for life I change mine every two years
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.... sealed for life I change mine every two years
I changed the axles

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Old 27 February 2008, 02:09   #17
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We aim to please. Seriously, those bearings only have one place in life and thats on Caravan Axles where they perform as designed... for anything that gets immersed, paired taper rollers are what's required and regular servicing..
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Seriously, those bearings only have one place in life and thats on Caravan Axles where they perform as designed... for anything that gets immersed, paired taper rollers are what's required and regular servicing..
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Sadly yes.
I changed the axles

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Agree with Pete7 here.
If your brakes need changing too, then weigh up the cost of a replacement axle with taper roller bearings. A new 1000kg axle, c/w brakes, cables, etc should come in at around 200. A new set of sealed bearings and brake shoes isn't far short of 120 and if your drums need changing, then your probably on the same cost as a new axle.
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Avonride also make a nice galv axle with taper roller bearings
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